What's The Loudest Possible Sound?

If a tree falls in the forest and no person is around, does it still make a sound? Students view a short video segment to determine sound and decibel levels of various objects, including the loudest and quietest possible sounds humans are capable of hearing. They also explore decibel measurement and discuss the effects of not having the ability to hear.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Show a video in class detailing variances in sounds and their effect on hearing
  • Have pupils watch a video of an ear device that restores someone's hearing
Classroom Considerations

  • Help any learners requiring special assistance throughout the duration of this lesson, especially those who are ESL/ELL
Pros

  • Relates a scientific concept to a daily physiological activity in simple language
  • Provides multiple examples of objects with varying levels of sound emissions
Cons

  • None